In residential masonry Chicago, what most people fear about repairs is the cost that will be associated with it. Masonry is usually known as the art of building structures using brick, stone, stucco, and block, cement mortar, etc. Most damages to residential buildings in the Chicago area are caused by structural issues and natural disasters.
A professional mason is the best person to perform brick replacement Chicago property owners can rely on when they have cracked, broken, or missing bricks on a structure, driveway, patio, or pathway. Some homeowners make the mistake of attempting this type of repair themselves. Without the proper tools and experience, these repairs can look amateurish. A poor repair job will distract from the overall aesthetics and could even decrease property value. A trained professional has the expertise to make the repair virtually invisible to the untrained eye.
Chicago, IL 60641, USA
Brick Tuckpointing Q&A
Point – to fill new masonry joints with mortar or to correct defects in existing joints
Repoint – to fill cut or raked masonry joints with mortar usually due to deterioration
Tuckpoint – to fill masonry joints with a flush mortar matching masonry units color and add a thin strip of contrasting mortar on top
Repointing of deteriorating mortar joints minimizes moisture penetration of your brickwork.
A typical mortar joint should last at least 25 years before requiring any repairs. However, its lifespan depends on the mortar mix itself and the property’s geographical location / weather conditions.
- Cracks in mortar lines between the bricks
- Crumbling mortar / loose pieces of mortar falling from between the bricks
- Mortar erosion greater than 6mm deep (1/4”)
Ideally this should be determined in a laboratory by examining and matching of the existing (old) mortar mix sample proportions. This would prevent often irreparable brick damage caused by repointing with a mortar mix that has stronger compressive strengths than the original mortar mix.
Type N -1 part portland cement / 1 part hydrated lime / 6 parts sand
Type O -1 part portland cement / 2 parts hydrated lime / 9 parts sand
Type K – 1 part portland cement / 4 parts hydrated lime / 15 parts sand